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6 hours ago, Orik said:

Because they can

Yeah - isn't this pretty much the main reason for most retail pricing?

And when they can't, they have a "sale."

For most beers they sell (and it isn't a bad selection, especially for some of the more common "artisanal" beers), the Trader Joe's on Grand St. probably has the lowest prices around.

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Was in in Saratoga and stopped in at Sixpoint's outpost in Clifton Park. Drank a number of really good beers and only 3 were recognizable and locally available to me. Hop Sounds, 18 Watt and Softly Spoken Magic Spells.  I stocked up the cooler with ones I liked from the draft tastes. Frequency Lager was perfect for the hot days. An intriguing one was SCHINDLERIA PRAEMATURUS HONEY DDH IPA. I'm not a big honey guy with beer but this was so subtle it was great. Also enjoyed Weird & Gilly and Does Anyone Remember Laughter. Also a stout that was nice poolside at night with a cigar. Maybe it was Eric? 

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16 hours ago, taion said:

Something to do with perishability and number of SKUs? Or that many of these places double as bars and don’t want to undercut themselves?

 

It used to be the case that those specialist beer shops doubling as bars just didn’t allow cans and bottles to b consumed on the premises. More recently I’ve seen corkage charges, around $3. Makes sense.

I am sure there are places cheaper than specialist shops, but the $6-10 price range is what I am seeing in a non-expensive neighborhood in Harlem.

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9 hours ago, mitchells said:

Was in in Saratoga and stopped in at Sixpoint's outpost in Clifton Park. Drank a number of really good beers and only 3 were recognizable and locally available to me. Hop Sounds, 18 Watt and Softly Spoken Magic Spells.  I stocked up the cooler with ones I liked from the draft tastes. Frequency Lager was perfect for the hot days. An intriguing one was SCHINDLERIA PRAEMATURUS HONEY DDH IPA. I'm not a big honey guy with beer but this was so subtle it was great. Also enjoyed Weird & Gilly and Does Anyone Remember Laughter. Also a stout that was nice poolside at night with a cigar. Maybe it was Eric? 

This is a really good spot if you happen to be upstate. Right off exit 9 of I87. They usually have bands, food trucks and other events weekends. 

singlecut not sixpoint.

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